Like it or not... Covid-19 (The Coronavirus) is spreading throughout the US, but good news, you can take a few practical steps now to help you prepare and minimize the affects. Truth is the US is ramping up to handle this really well and though it might disrupt little Johnny's basketball games this month - we'll be back to normal in no time if everyone plays their part!
**UPDATE: Studies are showing that anti-inflammatories (eg. Brufen, Voltarol, Naproxen) worsen the severity of Covid-19.**
1) Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands.
The worst thing any of us can do is get worked up, just use basic hygiene practices and stay calm.
Basic Hygiene: wash your hands, cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough or sneeze, get rest, pay attention to your body, stay hydrated, plenty of vitamin C, and get some sunshine on you! and for the love of all STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACEHOLES!!
2) 30 Days Worth of Food
You probably already have 30 days worth of food in your cupboards (#blessed). But during this time it's smart to steer clear of public places, including grocery stores. (Yes. This includes grocery pick-up! The Coronavirus can live on a plastic bag up to 3 days!)
Take a moment to inventory what you have and create a ration plan for 30 days of meals.
If you do not have enough to live off of for at least 2 weeks to a month, NOW IS THE TIME to run into the supermarket, not later when things may get worse. Just make sure to wipe down your cart, wash your hands on your way into the store, before leaving the store and as soon as you get home to prevent spreading the virus from place to place, and use your own reusable bags (**but wash them before your trip to the store and after! trust me, this is important!)
Here's a short list of food for two people hanging home for a month:
- 20lb bag of rice, regardless you'll use it eventually.
- 20lb bag of beans, see above
- 10lbs of tuna or smoked salmon
- 2 large jars of peanut butter
- 10lbs of chicken (freeze it)
- 3 lbs potatoes
- 3 lbs of Oranges
- 16 oz Kale / Spinach
- 36 eggs
- 1 large block of cheese
- 60 Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc (chewable Airborne tablets also good)
- Container of Olive Oil
- Container of Honey
- Raw Oatmeal (2 Large Containers)
- Tonic Water, Honey, Lemon, Gin orWhiskey (they say it cures what ales ya 🤷♂️) and guess what? **SURPRISE** Tonic water has Chloroquine in it, which is a current possible treatment of this virus.
That's a basic list, not an end times bug out forever stash. Letś just call it a quarantine stash to aid in the attempts to stay home. Now, by no means will you be living "high on the hog" as they say in the South, BUT should there be any disruptions in supply chain you'll be fine and will be able to manage waiting out the issues 👍 (Besides, if you do not tap into your huge rice or bean food supply this time, well then you can use them for the next natural disaster or scare.)
3) Get to the WILD
The good news is, being on a hiking trail might be one of the safest places to be! (Plus PLENTY of natural toilet paper to go around. lol) There is a REASON the CDC is suggesting self-quarantine and social distance! You can't catch, or even more so SPREAD this virus if you're alone in the woods! Everything is canceled, people NEED to stay away from other people. So why not turn it into a wilderness vacation?
Getting outside has so many perks:
- Automatic Social Distancing 😁
- Refresh, clear your mind, and fill your lungs with clean, fresh, HEALTHY air
- Vitamin D, that sunshine is so good for you 🌞
- Relaxation, unplugging, taking a nap, and a solid nights sleep will reduce stress and strengthen your immune system.
- Body in Motion, get your body moving! Sweat the toxins out! 🏋️♂️🏋️♀️Exertion + deep inhalation of fresh air will clear your lungs and also help with sleep!
If you need more reasons, be sure to check out the full blog here 😉
If you're looking for your own "Self Quarantine Shelter" - click here to see the top 5 reasons campers are ditching ground tents and moving into the air!